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2020 Hyundai Elantra Changes Won't Please Everyone

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But it's not all bad news.

Last year, Hyundai updated its best-selling Elantra sedan for the 2019 model year with a sportier look and a slew of new safety features. To keep up the sales momentum, the Korean automaker has updated the Elantra for the 2020 model year, but not everyone will be happy with some of the changes.

The biggest change is the addition of a new Intelligent Variable Transmission, which replaces the six-speed manual and six-speed automatic previously offered on models equipped with the 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine. While it's disappointing to see another great family car lose its manual transmission, the new gearbox has resulted in improved fuel economy, as the 2020 Elantra now returns an extra 2 mpg. As a result, the Elantra SE is now rated at 35 mpg combined, while the Elantra SEL, Value Edition and Limited all return 34 mpg combined.

In addition to the new Intelligent Variable Transmission, the 2020 Elantra also gains new standard equipment including a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a 3.5-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster and several SmartSense safety systems including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Driver Attention Warning.

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In terms of powertrains, three engine options are available for the 2020 Hyundai Elantra. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder available for SE, SEL, Value, and Limited trims produces 147 hp, while the Elantra Eco has a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 128 hp and also gains a new engine start/stop system. The Elantra Sport, on the other hand, ditches the manual transmission in favor of a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox and uses a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 201 hp.

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra will arrive in dealers this spring. Pricing start at $18,950 for the Elantra SE, which is a $1,750 increase over last year's model.